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WiFi Hots(Honey)pots Go Mobile

January 22nd, 2010

Are you already having trouble preventing your enterprise Wi-Fi clients from connecting to some of the existing public Wi-Fi networks (e.g., T-Mobile, Google WiFi)?


Mobile Hotspot with an option to create an Open Network

Mobile Hotspot with an option to create an Open Network


Guess what – the latest Palm Pre Plus or Pixi Plus can be converted into a cool mobile hotspot. One can easily roam around with this pocket hotspot. (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/21/technology/personaltech/21pogue.html)

It is amazing as to how some of these cool technological advances can create new avenues for attacks. Suppose an employee or a visitor wishes to sneak-in a hotspot or a honeypot AP into your enterprise. If you are paraniod, you can possibly think of frisking him for an AP (before allowing him into your premises). But, can you go to the extent of preventing him from carrying a Palm into your enterprise?

K N Gopinath

K N Gopinath (Gopi) has more than a decade of experience that spans across multiple domains – systems, networks and security. His core competencies include technology innovation, product engineering and team building. As the Director of Engineering at AirTight, he drives the delivery of the wireless security products in a fast paced and highly dynamic environment. Gopi has several patents and technical publications to his credit.

Wireless gadgets, Wireless security


  1. Deepak
    March 12th, 2010 at 02:45 | #1

    I am sure software is available for pretty much all smartphone OS’s out there. Check out the following link Symbian S60, for example.


  2. KNG
    February 16th, 2010 at 10:29 | #2

    Thanks Dan. Yep, a piece of client software will be valuable in handling this threat.

    Techrepublic gives a good overview of Palm Pre Plus features: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/hiner/?p=3786&tag=nl.e101

  3. February 9th, 2010 at 17:17 | #3

    Wow, now that’s an interesting use of a handheld device. Do you know of any ways to detect/monitor the cellular portions of this interaction, other than spectrum analysis?

    How would you recommend blocking access to this type of hotspot when the client is not within range of the enterprise WIPS? I’m assuming a piece of client software?

    Great post!

  1. February 16th, 2010 at 10:47 | #1

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